OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma, nice orange color. There’s a good hop bite to this with a small hint of citrus and a good dose of floral. Clean finish. Not a bad IPA
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel coppery orange color with a medium sized white lacing of a head. Aroma is of slightly piney hops with hints of spring flowers and tangerine citrus. Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a slight piney overtone and citrus. Very good IPA.
brstp (201) - - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Bottle. Dark orange color, large lasting khaki head, complex aroma of pine, grass, orange, raspberry maybe? Extremely bitter, some citrus hops shine through and slight malts, clean, crisp, almost astringent finish. A little more intense than most of its west coast brothers and sisters.
bubbleflubber (2072) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours caramel-orange into the glass, with a nice frothy head and awesome sticky suds lacing. The nose is complex, of caramel, pine and citrus/light grapefruit. The flavors dwell less on the malt contingency, and more on the hop notes. There is some Cascade and pine resin heavily in the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky, oily and refreshingly medium-round. Goes well on the palate, and a well-rounded IPA offering here.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, I am not a hoppy kind of guy, but this is good beer. Pours a beautiful cloudy orange color. The nose is crisp and hoppy but not overly so and the orange just begs for summer drinking. The flavor is hop head heaven but very balanced and not overdone. The beer is refreshing and clean on the palate without a bitter aftertaste. These guys know how to make beer.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fantastic approachable IPA.
Appearance: Pours a orange-ish color with a foamy off white head and decent lacing.
Smell: I liked this aroma so much I accidentally snorted it up my nose LOL oops! A fruity aroma of orange and a drip of pine oil sit on top of a sweet malt aroma. Very enticing.
Taste: This is only the 3rd beer I have ever had from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. All I have to say is *Where have you been all my life!* Three for three have been spot on fantastic!
To start this beer is super smooth. It enters the mouth fruity and juicy. It has a nice balance citrus orange drink flavor and pine hop grapefruit bite. It is balanced with a sweet candy malt undertone. The aftertaste is the best of all. The grapefruit clings to your palate relentlessly but not obtrusively. mmm. It just begs you to take the next sip. I *LOVE* this fruity hop flavor. WOW!
Mouthfeel: The beer has a brilliant solid malt backbone in addition to the Hop-Heads dream bite.
Drinkability: You would *never* know this beer is 7% ABV. It just goes down so easily. I finished my beer before I could finish writing these words. This beer was a generous gift from a great friend. Next time I will buy much more than one! =)
Hope this is helpful.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Certainly not 94th percentile, IMO. Strong soad-sudsy aroma is probably the highlight of the beer, as it fades into an overly bitter saliva-sucker, allowing little flavor to come through in its attempt to torch you dry. The hops are there, unfortunately they are too strong in bitterness for this beer and block refreshing flavors in the way of being powerful.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always a favorite. The beer is absolutly beautiful. Nice deep copper with a pillowy head. Rich aromas of lime and basily hops. Amazingly well balanced on the palate. Just as the toffee malt starts to turn towards sweet a wave of bitter hops shows up to deliver a crisp finish.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very strong floral/citrus aroma. Creamy white head. Decent lacing, but the head vanished eventually. Nice, but not overpowering resin tasate. Could probably keep drinking this one. Amber in color.
JohnnyJ (5078) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma and appearance are the same as anyother IPA. Piney citrus flavor with some nice malt flavor too. A bit of caramel I think. Finishs with a good amount of hops that stays in your mouth. Well done.